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Photographic and Imaging Arts–Photojournalism (formerly Professional Photographic Illustration–Photojournalism) BFA
The majors in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in photographic and related imaging fields. Studies in photographic practices provide both technical and creative experiences for visual problem solving. The principles of imaging are taught through courses investigating the tools and processes used to make pictorial-, data-, and information-based images. All first year students are required to have their own hand held small- or medium-format digital SLR camera and a professional light meter.
Students have the opportunity to supplement their course work with participation in cooperative education, internships, study abroad programs, field trips, presentations by invited guests/guest lecturers, departmental student organizations, and related activities.
Students are urged to take advantage of Rochester’s historic connection with photography. A comprehensive schedule of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, and seminars, is offered by the city’s array of cultural institutions.
World events often are etched in the public’s mind not by words but by photographs. The photojournalism option, which leads to a bachelor of fine arts degree in photographic and imaging arts, provides an education in both photographic craft and visual storytelling. Since 1979, many graduates of this major have earned professional acclaim. Ten alumni have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism.
Within the major, students will have the opportunity to explore photography-related disciplines such as electronic publishing, video documentary, multimedia for photojournalists, and sound gathering and editing, to name a few.
Photographic and imaging arts (photojournalism option), BFA degree, typical course sequence, (semesters), effective fall 2013
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|PHAR-101||Photo Arts I||4|
|PHPS-106||Photo Technology I (SMTL)||3|
|ARTH-135||LAS Perspective 2: Survey Western Art and Architecture I||3|
|LAS Perspective 1||3|
|LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar||3|
|PHAR-102||Photo Arts II||4|
|PHPS-107||Photo Technology II (SMTL)||3|
|ARTH-136||LAS Perspective 3: Survey Western Art and Architecture II||3|
|LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar||3|
|PHAR-201||Elements: Fine Art||3|
|LAS Perspective 4||3|
|PHAR-211||History and Aesthetics I||3|
|PHAR-204||Elements: Visual Media||3|
|PHAR-212||History and Aesthetics II||3|
|PHPJ-301||Foundations of Photojournalism||3|
|PHPJ-307||Ethics and the Law||3|
|LAS Immersion 1, 2||6|
|PHPJ-315||Multimedia for Photojournalism I||3|
|PHPJ-401||Senior Project (WI)||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|PHPJ-306||Picture Editing I|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|PHPJ-311||Picture Editing II|
|LAS Immersion 3||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||122|
Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
† Photojournalism electives includePicture Editing I (PHPJ-306), Picture Editing II (PHPJ-311), Multi Media for Photojournalism (PHPJ-315), Multi Media Editing (PHPJ-319), Multi Media for Photojournalism II (PHPJ-355), Alternate Influences (PHPJ-356), Working On Location (PHPJ-361), Documentary I (PHPJ-365), Documentary II (PHPJ-366), NYC Photojournalism Trip (PHPJ-370), DC Photojournalism Trip (PHPJ-375), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Cross Media Workflow (MAAT-306), Image Process Workflow (MATT-367), Reporting and Writing (COMM-162), News Editing (COMM-262), Multi-platform Journalism (COMM-461).
‡ CIAS elective refers to any course in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Our students apply for internships with some of the nation’s most respected newspapers and magazines. They work behind the camera on a variety of stories and have the opportunity to learn from photographers, editors, and other professionals in the newsroom. Students receive assistance from their professors, as well as from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, in identifying and applying for internships. Internships provide real-world work experience, which is an invaluable part of our students’ educational experience.
National Press Photographers Association
Photojournalism students are the driving force in our National Press Photographers Associate (NPPA) student chapter, which was named the 2004 Chapter of the Year by the national association. Students regularly attend activities sponsored by the NPPA. The chapter hosts guest speakers and alumni who share their experiences in photojournalism and review student portfolios. Chapter members participate each year in NPPA short courses and publish their own website.
Our photojournalism graduates go to work for some of today’s best newspapers and magazines, working initially as either interns or full-time employees. A significant number of our students also become self-employed freelance photographers. They seek freelance assignments with news organizations, picture agencies, stock photo agencies, and editorial photographers.